Baby dolphin hand-reared in South America

20:01, Oct 18 2011
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, gets ready to swim with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, swims with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, with the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.
Baby dolphin rescue
The head of the NGO SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, bottle feeds the rescued baby La Plata dolphin.

A beached baby dolphin, found alive with its umbilical cord still attached, is being hand-reared in Uruguay.

The female La Plata dolphin was found on a beach near Montevideo city and was sent to the non-government wildlife rescue organisation S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina.

The Head of S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, has been photographed this week caring for little mammal - bottle-feeding her and taking her from her small tank at the rescue centre for swims in the sea.

It is not the first time Tesore has been pictured with a cute juvenile dolphin - pics of a dolphin rescued in similar circumstances being introduced to a rescued penguin made the news last year.

The La Plata Dolphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America. It is a member of the river dolphin group and the only one that actually lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than fresh water.

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